It’s all about giving me some truth this week… It’s Truth, Justice and the American way as I envision it…
So, ready or not… here I come… so jump right onto my magic carpet ride and read on my Macduffs…
What’s going on…
1) A gunman knocked on a Pennsylvania family’s door before shooting two young brothers, killing an 11-year-old and critically wounding his 16-year-old sibling Sunday night, authorities said.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the shooter fled after opening fire at a home on Hays Ave. in Mount Oliver, at around 8:45 p.m. The surviving 16-year-old is in critical condition at a local hospital.
An Allegheny County Police spokesperson said, “At this point we don’t know what the motive is. From what we understand, there may have been a knock at the door and then the shooting inside the residence.”
2) On Saturday, a man with a rifle marched down a Colorado Springs city street and shot and killed three people before being fatally shot in a gun battle with police. Authorities have released few details about Saturday afternoon’s shooting in broad daylight. The suspect and victims have not been identified, and police are looking for a motive.
A witness said she and her 7-year-old son heard three loud gunshots and saw a bicyclist lying face down in the street… who was pleading. “…‘Please God, no.’ ” She said, “He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Another witness told media sources that he looked outside his apartment window and saw a man shoot someone with a rifle. He said that after he saw the shooting he ran to the street and followed the man and called police. The man then turned and fired more shots and hit two women. When the witness got to the women, one was already dead and the other had been shot in the face. Cops confirmed that both women were killed.
Cops said they eventually confronted the man several blocks away from the shootings and a shootout erupted and the shooter was killed.
The shooting happened around 1:20 a.m., in the midst of the historically black school’s homecoming weekend, officials said. The campus, which has about 6,500 students, went into lockdown for about three hours after the shooting. The lockdown ended shortly before 5 a.m., and classes will continue as planned Monday.
4) On Friday federal authorities formally charged a man accused of fatally shooting a preschooler on a New Mexico freeway with violating drug trafficking and firearms laws. The Feds say their agents found large amounts of marijuana, four guns and a bullet proof vest in a car linked to the suspect.
Tony Torrez was arrested on October 21, and, he is in state custody on a $650,000 cash-only bond after being charged last week in a New Mexico court with murder, child abuse and other crimes in the October 20 shooting where Torrez is alleged to have fired at a Dodge truck and killed Lilly Garcia. Cops believe Torrez and Lily’s dad had gotten into an argument while exiting onto the freeway before Lilly was shot, police said.
In an ensuing investigation of the crime and during surveillance of Torrez’s home, Albuquerque police witness as he loaded up a silver Toyota sedan with items before he drove away in a Lexus and a companion woman left in the Toyota. Both were stopped shortly after, with detectives arresting Torrez. Cops obtained a warrant and searched the Toyota and Lexus at an Albuquerque police crime lab and in the Toyota, they found duffel bags packed with marijuana packaged in zipped-up plastic bags, two revolvers, two assault rifles and a bullet-proof vest. They also found about various amounts of drugs and money.
5) In seven incidents, between two NYC boroughs, from Saturday evening through to Sunday Morning, nine people were wounded… two fatally.
The violence began in Queens when two dudes were shot at a party in Rosedale at about 9:00 pm… Seems they were having a heated discussion when the dude on the other side of the discussion pulled out a gun and shot them. End of the argument. The victims were taken to a hospital where one couldn’t be saved. The other is still there in critical condition.
Within minutes of that incident, another erupted in Brooklyn when two other dudes were shot in Williamsburg. One was shot in the leg and foot and the other was shot in the arm and stomach. Both are listed in stable condition.
Also in Brooklyn, a 16-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to his hip after being shot at in the Bushwick Houses at about. The boy was taken to an area hospital and was in stable condition
Back in Queens, at about 10:15 pm, another dude was attacked and stabbed multiple times. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and was in stable condition.
Then, early Sunday, at about 1:40 am in Brownsville a guy was shot in the stomach. He was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive.
Just minutes later, at about 1:50 am, in Queens again, a 16-year-old boy was shot three times in the stomach in Far Rockaway. He also was taken to a hospital and was said to be in stable condition
Hours later at around 5:20 a.m., in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area, a 46-year-old man was found sitting in his car gravely wounded, with multiple shots to the arm and stomach. He was taken to Interfaith Medical Center, where he died.
Then, in perhaps what was the weirdest of the incidents was this one… weird not for what transpired… although that in itself is a story… but for what occurred in the aftermath…
On Sunday, a Staten Island 13-year-old returned home with a handgun that he found. The boy went to show it to his dad, who… when he saw the weapon… grabbed for it… the gun fired and a bullet struck his son in his leg.
The boy was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was listed in stable condition.
The father was busted and charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Excuse me… did not the cops read their own report of what happened here? How is this dad… I mean… on what logic is he being popped for anything at all? Maybe he is guilty for over reacting and grabbing for the weapon and causing the gun to go off thereby wounding his son… but… Charges of assault? Criminal possession of a weapon? And reckless endangerment? Ok… maybe the reckless endangerment might be a possibility… but…COME ON… considering the circumstances… the dad really needed to be busted and charged with crimes. Pleaseeeee… A little common sense must prevail every once in a while. No?
Any way… by my count that’s 17 people who were shot, 1 stabbed with 7 of those who winding up dead and most being between the ages of 4 through young adult age.
Look it… I got no answers here. I wish the hell I did. I wish I were that damn smart to have a solution for the plague of guns and the untimely wounding and killing in this country of ours… but… I don’t have that level of smartness in me… sorry I just don’t. I would give almost anything to have it. But, I don’t.
But, someone has to come up with the magic formula that finally turns this bullshit around and do what we have to do to get the violence and the killing to stop. We need to stop guns from being so prolific in our society and being somebody’s easy answer to telling someone else to fuck-off buddy and eat my lead. Because this is just some stupid assholic small minded manner of madness we have right now and we just gots to put an end to it.
No one wants to… at least I don’t… take away a person’s gun that is used for hunting or even for protection but we need to fix the way we allow guns to be distributed to folks in this society of ours.
Explain to me what the hell is wrong with requiring people to attend extensive gun safety, as well as gun operation, classes and then take a test and if a person can’t score at least 90% on the test then they don’t get to possess a gun. Is that so unwise and so much of a denial of any citizen’s so-called 2nd amendment rights?
Time is long gone when folks had to take the time to load a weapon with powder and ball before it could be fired. Now we have all sorts of automatic weaponry that can kill with just the touch of a finger… in a split second… with little to no thought involved.
We need to make sure the people who will have access to these types of weapons at least initially can pass some sort of involved course in safety and operation of weaponry… again is that too much to ask?
No it won’t stop weapons from falling into the wrong hands… nor will it stop illegal guns from being on the streets but it will hinder it.
And, yes, we will need to find other solutions…we will need to reeducate ourselves on the role guns play in our lives and that will take time but we need to start somewhere. So, let’s start with making sure a gun cannot be sold to anyone single person unless they can prove they have passed the required educational classes on safety and operation… it’s one small step for the preservation of those…especially the children… who walk our streets every day.
“What’s Going On”
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today – Ya
We don’t need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today
Don’t punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
What’s going on
Ya, what’s going on
Ah, what’s going on
Right on, baby
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Don’t punish me with brutality
So you can see
What’s going on
Ya, what’s going on
I’ll tell you what’s going on…
(Songwriters: Alfred Cleveland, Renaldo Benson & Marvin Gaye
Published by Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
Truth, Justice & the American way…
Ya’ll probably heard about what Quentin Tarantino said at a NYC demonstration that was a part of as series of demonstrations that were organized by the New York group RiseUpOctober. Ya know that dude that directed such movies as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Inglorious Basterds” “Django Unchained” and “Pulp Fiction.. yeah, that guy. Any way what he said stirred up a lot of folks who said things like…
“He owes an apology to law enforcement officers across the country and we will continue to encourage the boycotting of his films until he makes such an apology,” (Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch)
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls ‘murderers’ aren’t living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies… they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem. New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous ‘Cop Fiction.’ It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.” (Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch)
“Shame on him, particularly at this time, where we’re grieving the murder of a New York City police officer,” Bratton said during an interview on WNYM radio. “Basically, there are no words to describe the contempt I have for him and his comments.” (NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton)
As well as many other comments too numerous to post here from police unions in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia.
So, what the hell did Quentin say that pissed off so many cop peeps? Just this… “I’m a human being with a conscience. And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”
Now put into the context that he was at a demonstration that was primarily about stopping police brutality it is generally being made to sound like he was calling all cops murderers…
At least if you read NY Post you would think that… Its front-page headline screamed “Disgrace” and featured a picture of a protester (not Tarantino) directing a rude gesture at a nearby police officer… and another that called Tarantino an Inglorious Bastard… and another that called for Tarantino to say he was sorry…
Now a little further context is needed here… this is all happening… Tarantino’s comments and the strong reaction to his words… in the wake of just last week someone shot and killed a cop… Officer Randolph Holder was shot to death last week while chasing a bicycle thief. A suspect has been charged with murder and robbery in the case.
Now at first I got to admit I was gonna let all this pass… I wasn’t even gonna mention it. I read what Tarantino said… everything he said and my gut reaction was WTF is everybody up in arms for? He didn’t really say what the hell all these folks is ranting against. He never did call all cops murderers; he only called some cops murders… he only spoke the truth… but… I said to myself, “Ah, fuck it. Maybe he should have just let it lie and been sensitive to what the prevailing emotions were in NYC… I mean what with that officer being shot and killed in the performance of his duty… trying to catch the bad guys and stopping crime.
And, I was about ready to relent and let myself be swayed by the prevailing so-called public opinion… then a friend on Facebook said something… he posted that he had heard Tarantino might issue some sort of an apology and he wrote that he hoped not because he didn’t really say what everybody was accusing him of saying…
And I had to stop and think…and then I thought… “Thanks, Jack… thanks for reminding me I’m supposed to stand up and say WTF and speak what I feel is the truth… and here it is….
Tarantino said this… “I’m a human being with a conscience. And if you believe there’s murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered. When I see murders, I do not stand by … I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers. It’s like this: it’s unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories … That cop that was killed; that’s a tragedy, too.”
So what this all about then?
Let me set the scene… On October 24 there was a rally in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park and families of victims of police killings, as well as activists, intellectuals, and celebrities, came together to participate in a “Say Their Name” rally. The gathering was held to commemorate the lives of people unjustly killed by police, with the names of around 250 men, women, and children who died at the hands law enforcement being read aloud.
Tarantino was one of those who stood and spoek and read the names… he honored 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by Cleveland police for holding a BB gun.
He mentioned Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old unarmed black man who died after being given “ride” by Baltimore police after being arrested in April.
He spoke about the killings of Antonio Guzmán López, a 38-year-old unarmed man shot and killed by San Jose State University Police on Feb. 21, 2014 after officers said he was “acting strange”, and, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, 2014, sparking a national movement to protest police treatment of minorities.
And others joined him…
American playwright Eve Ensler, best said, “Rise Up, Rise Up to end police brutality and murder!”
LaToya Howell, mother of Justus Howell, a 17-year-old black teenager shot twice in the back while fleeing a Zion, Illinois, police officer, said,“We fear for our lives every day. We’ve been shown … that your child can be killed by the way they look.”
Hertencia Peterson, the aunt of Akai Gurly, an unarmed 28-year-old black man shot by a rookie NYPD officer in the stairwell of Gurley’s housing project said that her nephew “loved life” and was a loving father to his two children. Peterson recalled that her nephew “…did not commit any crime but… my nephew is dead and my sister is broken until she leaves this world. “The entire justice system needs to be dismantled.”
Victims remembered at the rally ranged in age from an 11-month-old baby to a 92-year-old woman, shot dead when officers got the wrong address on a drugs bust.
So why this nonsense being foisted upon Quentin Tarantino???
The same type of bullshit that was foisted on other artists /famous people who in the past who dared to speak what they thought was truth…
Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about the murder of Amadou Diallo, a African man who was shot 41 times by NYPD while in the doorway of his apartment with his wallet in hand… the PBA called for boycotts of his shows.
The Dixie Chicks, who were one of the top country acts in the U.S., said at a concert in Europe “…we don’t want this war [on Iraq], this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” They were boycotted and attacked and there were public burnings of their CDs, country radio stations stopped playing their music, they faced death threats and protests. They didn’t back down and came out a few years later with the defiant and unapologetic song, “Not Ready to Make Nice.”
John Lennon who spoke out against the Vietnam War and injustice in general as well as for civil rights for all people who got marked by the FBI who tried to All because all he wanted was truth… just give him some truth!
There are many others… they all tried to speak their minds and what they believed to be the truth… and got kicked in the ass for it… peeps tried to belittle them, get them blackballed… black listed (and why does everything bad also seem to get connected to the word black?)…
So, when thousands rallied in New York City against police brutality as part of three days of protest called “Rise Up October”…
So, when 40 families from across the country impacted by police violence participated in the event alongside scholars such as Dr. Cornel West and Chris Hedges, as well as celebrities including playwright Eve Ensler and, of course, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino… this is what was said…
AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to come back to the streets of New York. On Saturday, thousands rallied in New York City against police brutality as part of three days of protest called Rise Up October. Some 40 families from across the United States impacted by police violence participated in the event, alongside scholars like Dr. Cornel West, journalist Chris Hedges, as well as celebrities like the playwright Eve Ensler and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. The rally took place one day after FBIDirector James Comey said protests over police brutality may have fueled an increase in violent crime because officers are less aggressive.
Well, today we end today’s program by bringing you some of the voices from Saturday’s rally, beginning with Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of Amadou Diallo, the unarmed West African immigrant who died February 4th, 1999, in a hail of 41 police bullets as he put his key in the door in his own door in the Bronx in New York. New York Police Department’s Street Crime Unit would later be disbanded.
PROTESTERS: No justice for the black, no justice for the brown. So what we gonna do? Shut it down! Shut it down! No justice for the brown, no justice for the black. So what we gonna do? Fists up! Fight back!
Don’t shoot! Hands up! Don’t shoot! Hands up! Don’t shoot!
KADIATOU DIALLO: How are you doing, sisters and brothers? Hello, New York City. In the spirit of my son Amadou Diallo, I say to you: We will see the end of this brutality in our lifetime. My son didn’t die in vain. He died so that we can have change. But the change has been long coming. We are still waiting. How many more victims were unjustly killed since Amadou Diallo? We cannot even begin to count. I went to many funerals. I connected to many families.
We are not bitter. I told the world then, the day when they stood up and told me that the four cops who shot my son had done nothing wrong, that it was the fault of my son, I said to you, I say to you now, I said it then: We need change. Amadou has died. It’s too late for him. But we have to prevent this from happening again. When you have tragedies like that, you need to learn what went wrong and correct it. It never happened, because, nationwide, look at all these faces here. Look at all these families here. What happened?
Law enforcement community should know that we are not against them. We even feel for those who were shot just recently in Harlem. We are not against them. We are anti-police brutality. We are not anti-cop, because we know some of them are doing good job. But we need to root out those who are brutalizing our children for no reason.
REV. JEROME McCORRY: Brothers and sisters, Mr. Quentin Tarantino.
QUENTIN TARANTINO: Hey, everybody. I got something to say, but actually I would like to give my time to the families that want to talk. I want to give my time to the families. However, I just do also want to say: What am I doing here? I’m doing here because I am a human being with a conscience. And when I see murder, I cannot stand by, and I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers. Now I’m going to give my time to the families.
CEPHUS “UNCLE BOBBY“ JOHNSON: I am affectionately known to the community as Uncle Bobby. I am the uncle of Oscar Grant. How many of you have seen the movie Fruitvale Station? I’m going to be short. I just want to say this. One famous person that I know who’s standing behind me right now named Dr. Cornel West said this: If you want to hear the truth, you must let the suffering speak. Martin Luther King said it this way: “Cowards ask, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks, ‘Is it political?’ Vanity asks, ‘Is it popular?’ But conscience asks, ‘Is it right?’ There comes a time when neither safe, political or vanity is the reason why you stand. You stand because it is right.”
PROTESTER: Do the right thing!
CEPHUS “UNCLE BOBBY“ JOHNSON: Rise up!
PROTESTER: Do the right thing!
PROTESTERS: Rise up!
CEPHUS “UNCLE BOBBY“ JOHNSON: Rise up!
PROTESTERS: Rise up!
REV. JEROME McCORRY: It is with great pleasure I introduce the people’s scholar, the people’s leader. Let’s give it up for Dr. Cornel West.
CORNEL WEST: My brother.
REV. JEROME McCORRY: I love you, Doc.
CORNEL WEST: I love you.
REV. JEROME McCORRY: I love you, Doc.
CORNEL WEST: Brother Jerome, we’re here because we have a deep love for those who have been abused by the police. Let’s don’t get it twisted: This is a love train. This is what the Isley Brothers call a caravan of love. How many of you all love the people? How many of you all serve the people? And we’re here because we want to keep the families center stage. This is not the time for a speech. We know that the capitalist system is failing us. We know the criminal justice system is failing us. We know that white supremacy is a lie, but it’s still alive. It is failing us. Male supremacy, too. Homophobia, too. Anti-Arab, too. Anti-Jewish, too. Anti-Muslim, too. But we’re here to focus on the family, y’all. This has been a major effort to bring families from all over the country, from every corner of the American empire. And we want to make sure we salute them.
AMY GOODMAN: That last speaker was Dr. Cornel West of Union Theological Seminary, speaking at the anti-police brutality protest Saturday in New York City. Before that, Oscar Grant’s uncle, Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, and director Quentin Tarantino. The leader of the New York Police Department’s union has called for a boycott of Tarantino’s films after he participated in the Rise Up October protest Saturday. On the streets after the rally, when thousands marched from Washington Square Park up to Bryant Park, where the New York Public Library is, I spoke to Uncle Bobby further, the uncle of Oscar Grant.
CEPHUS “UNCLE BOBBY“ JOHNSON: I am affectionately known to the community as Uncle Bobby. I am the uncle of Oscar Grant, the young man, as you know, that was killed in the movie Fruitvaile Station.
AMY GOODMAN: Tell us what happened to Oscar Grant, when it happened.
CEPHUS “UNCLE BOBBY“ JOHNSON: On January 1st, 2009, at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, California, as you know, Oscar Grant was laying face down in a prone position with his hands behind his back, before Johannes Mehserle stands up and shoots him in the back without any apparent reason. He alleged that he thought Oscar had a gun.
AMY GOODMAN: And tell me what happened. Who witnessed this?
CEPHUS “UNCLE BOBBY“ JOHNSON: Of course, there was many on the platform that evening that saw what happened.
AMY GOODMAN: It was New Year’s night.
CEPHUS “UNCLE BOBBY“ JOHNSON: It was New Year’s night. They, of course, videotaped what was occurring. And for the first time in California state history, because of the community, because of labor, the ILWU Local 10, longshoremen’s, who shut down the ports, and of course the community that embraced the family, we got, for the first time in California state history, an officer arrested, charged, convicted and sent to jail. We count that as historical, not a victory, because he only did 11 months, because of a technicality that the judge alleged. However, we know that the unifying of these families across the United States will bring about a real change.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s Oscar Grant’s uncle, Uncle Bobby, in the streets of New York, though he’s normally in California, because thousands marched on Saturday.
So, let ask this… why is Quentin Tarantino the only person being insolated for criticism? And, why is he being held up as a an example of how the so-called leftwing attacks police peeps unnecessarily? Because the fact is that everyone who spoke at that demonstration on one level or another essentially said what Tarantino said… they called out bad cops for being murderers and with more direct words than Tarantino used.
Why is that… huh? Seems to me maybe the police unions and others deserve to make an apology to Tarantino rather than he to them. He spoke his mind about an issue that needs to be spoken to. He expressed his right to freedom of speech… and when he express his freedom of speech it seems to me he was speaking the truth when he said the murderers needed to be called murderers and punished as such… seems to me that Tarantino was being unnecessarily put out to dry for doing nothing but speaking truth even during a time when it was difficult to do so…
Some say the demonstration could have waited but how long do you have to wait before you can speak out with words of truth about things that have been going on for so long? When is the time right to demonstrate?
Martin Luther once said… “On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ And Vanity comes along and asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But Conscience asks the question ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”
King also said in his Letter From the Birmingham jail…
“…For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.” We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, “Wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”…then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.”
Nuff said about waiting…
And add to all of this that it is real damn convenient to select only certain phrases or words and then use those words to say a person was saying Soemthign that he was never saying at all.
This is the truth and the facts…Tarantino never called all cops murderers; he only said there are cops who were murderers and as such they need to be called out for those murders that they committed.
And, I almost let the bastards keep me down… from speaking my mind… make me feel like I should stand down because I would be derelict in my duty as a citizen by speaking what I felt was the truth.
My apologies for not remembering who I was once back when I took to the streets to protest war and injustice… I’ll try not to forget where I once stood and remain tall against the onslaught of those who would try to silence free speech and the right to tell the truth. Or… in in other words… I’ll remember to fight the never ending battle for truth, justice and the real American way.
Good cop… good cop…
Just to prove my point about cops… and what I believe the majority of us who protest against bad cops are saying…
A story appeared the other day in the NYDN… it was about a dying Wisconsin man and his wife and what he wanted to scratch off his bucket list item.
When Roger Higgenbottom was 48 he went to the doctor for a routine physical… he found out he had prostate cancer. The cancer eventually spread into his spine and crippled a man known for his vitality who had married his best friend in 2010… he remarried her six more times after he got his cancer just because he could. That’s the type of man Roger was…. Laughing in the face of death; determined to enjoy life as best he could.
He was also determined to scratch off one big bucket list item… he wanted to see the ball drop in NYC’s Times Square. So, in December 2014, he and his wife Diana flew to New York to do it.
However when they got to their room in NYC Rogers meds were sapping him of his strength and their quest being accomplished seemed bleak.
But, Roger was determined not to fail… so minutes before midnight, roger and Diana got decked out in their New Years gear and made it out into the crowds near the 42nd St. subway station to stake out a spot.
But, by the time they began to get closer to where they needed to be to see the ball drop… the pedestrian plaza was already so packed the realization hit that they would not be able to see the show the show go on. The doom and gloom set in.
Diana says that is when she prayed and started pacing back and forth… and suddenly came face to face with then-NYPD Lt. Jamiel Altaheri, a transit district cop.
Altaheri said, he was on break to get coffee… “I wasn’t even supposed to be up there. I was in transit so I’m supposed to down below but I went up for a break to get coffee. I saw them and I felt like they were distraught, crying, so I took the initiative and asked, ‘Is everything OK?'”
Diana, in tears, told Altaheri about their mission and immediately Altaheri reached to help Roger move through the massive crowd with Diana in close tow behind.
“Altaheri got them past the police barricade and then wrote his number down on a piece of paper and told Diana, ‘I’m going to write down my number and if I lose you, you call me.”. He then walked the two pilgrims up to a front row view…
Diana said, “I can’t believe his humility. He did it just because it was the right thing.”
Diana also said the three kept in touch and that Altaheri even sent care packages to Wisconsin.
“He sent all kinds of things… an NYPD shirt with Roger’s name on it … Who does that? Angels on Earth do that.”
Yet, 84 days after leaving Times Square, Roger died at age 52.
His favorite memory was the ball drop in Times Square… in person… with a front row view… all because of a cop who did good.
Last week Diana surprised Altaheri as he scratched off an item on his own bucket list… he made NYPD captain. During the promotion ceremony he looked out on the peeps assembled and there she was… in the crowd.
Diana says, “I hope he understands the magnitude of what he did for us. I hope he gets it. He was New York for me. He came through for me. New York came through for me.”
And more importantly came through for Roger…
A cop saw his duty… saw folks in distress and went above and beyond to take away the distress and help fulfill a dream that otherwise would never had come to be… do I think every cop will go the extra mile and do what Altaheri did? Probably not but I’d like to think most men who put on the uniform tend to be more like Captain Altaheri and not like cops who are guilty of being abusers and sometimes killers.
Lais Ribeiro (25) is a Brazilian model…
Another thousand words…
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